A Touch of Frost 5.04 No Other Love (1997, TV) – 8/10 review

David Jason: DI Frost
Writer (Characters’ Creator): R.D. Wingfield
Writer (Screenplay): Sian Orrells
Producer: Martyn Auty
Director: David Reynolds
Matt Bardock: DC Barnard
Bruce Alexander: Supt Mullett

Touch of Frost, A 5.04 No Other Love (1997)

(from Radio Times)

Frost unravels two domestic cases – one tragically straightforward, the other cruelly deceptive.

8/10

Interesting end-of-series (and, at one time, intended end-of-Frost) entry which supplies the typical double-headed professional focus as well as some successful personal touches. This is probably Frost’s best episode but be warned, it is distressing, especially if you’ve been watching since the first episode Care and Protection. And, yes, despite the very well acted and clearly highly emotional climax, the ITV announcer blathers on within seconds. Isn’t it time somebody took a stand and put an end to this universally reviled habit?

This Touch of Frost, A episode contains mild swear words, adult dialogue regarding child sexual abuse and gory and unpleasant scenes.

Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.

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A Touch of Frost 5.03 True Confessions (1997, TV) – 2/10

David Jason: DI Frost
Writer (Characters’ Creator): R.D. Wingfield
Writer (Screenplay): Michael Russell
Producer: Martyn Auty
Director: Sandy Johnson
Bruce Alexander: Supt Mullett
Anthony Calf: James Barr
David Beames: Alec Barr

Touch of Frost, A 5.03 True Confessions (1997)

When a woman is found dead in the river, it looks like suicide but Detective Inspector Frost soon starts digging deeper when it transpires that she did indeed drown… but in bathwater. As he starts to get closer to the truth, however, an internal affairs department suspends Frost and starts investigating past cases.

2/10

Seriously under-par Frost which, yet again, sees David Jason as the only good actor employed by the production team. They provide him with a dreadful support cast (most annoyingly Gwyneth Strong but with the exception of Bruce Alexander as Frost’s Superintendent), a very unsatisfying story and dull, lifeless direction.

This Touch of Frost, A episode contains bad language and unpleasant scenes.

Classified PG by BBFC. Parental Guidance.

A Touch of Frost 8.03 In the Public Interest (2008, TV) – 6/10 review

David Jason: Insp Jack Frost
Writer (Characters’ Creator): R.D. Wingfield
Writer (Screenplay): Thomas Ellice
Producer: David Reynolds
Producer: Richard Bates
Director: Paul Harrison
Bruce Alexander: Supt Mullett
John Lyons: DS Toolan
Adrian Lukis: James Callum

Touch of Frost, A 8.03 In the Public Interest (2008)

A trio of naked male corpses arranged in a triangle are discovered near an ancient monument but Frost can’t help but roll his eyes when confronted with the clear Satanic ritual overtones. Still, there’s nothing he likes better than someone that irritates him to get his teeth into and he spends rather more of his creative energy getting under the skin of successful and well-connected businessman James Callum in connection with the murder of a beautiful fitness instructor.

6/10

Starting with an emergency sausage sandwich, this Frost boasts a decent amount of fun dialogue but the detective work is not really kept in focus by director Paul Harrison. It’s all paced well enough and easily keeps the interest and he even manages some slightly unnerving tension in the climax but, sadly, the episode just stops flatly instead of ending with a triumphant exclamation mark. This is reportedly the last ever Frost and may be the final outing for star actor David Jason. Many thanks for a remarkable career packed with highlights both comedic and dramatic.

This Touch of Frost, A episode contains adult dialogue and graphic violence, gory and unpleasant scenes.

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A Touch of Frost 4.05 Deep Waters (1996, TV) – 7/10

David Jason: DI Frost
Writer (Characters’ Creator): R.D. Wingfield
Writer (Screenplay): Christopher Russell
Producer: Simon Lewis
Director: Don Leaver

Touch of Frost, A 4.05 Deep Waters (1996)

Another week for Frost sees him investigate the stabbing of a post-office owner and an assault on Helen Tudor, a beautiful student. Neither case goes the way Frost expects or wants. Two suspects are picked up for the stabbing, which looks like it may turn out to be fatal, but neither of them can be made to talk leaving Frost desperate for physical evidence. Helen Tudor hears her assailant whisper to her just before she passed out: "Don’t die. Don’t die here." Which is odd.

7/10

Solid Frost outing which sees David Jason’s typically fine performance backed up by a decent script ("Mrs. Jarvis. If your son is a fruitcake, I need to know about it.") and decent direction. The story which requires the detective work (an assault on a beautiful female student played by Tamzin Malleson) is notably ridiculous but the direction by Don Leaver and acting by David Jason keep that thought at the very back of your mind. This episode also contains something that makes the Frost series unique, I think, the case which is left unresolved at the end.

This Touch of Frost, A episode contains mild swear words and violence and mild nudity (darren tighe), mild sensuality.

Classified 12 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 12 years and over.

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A Touch of Frost 8.02 Dead End (2008, TV) – 6/10 review

David Jason: Insp Jack Frost
Writer (Characters’ Creator): R.D. Wingfield
Writer (Screenplay): David Gilman
Producer: Martyn Auty
Director: Roger Bamford
Bruce Alexander: Supt Mullett
John Lyons: DS Toolan
Cherie Lunghi: DS Annie Marsh

Touch of Frost, A 8.02 Dead End (2008)

Frost is dismayed when a sergeant who caused his suspension several years ago is reassigned to him as Denton attempts to crack down on anti-social yob behaviour. However, his attention is quickly diverted to more deadly matters when a bus driver and conductress are kidnapped and a clown is found dead in an alleyway. Good, I hate clowns.

6/10

The absence of director Paul Harrison’s name means we embark on this penultimate Frost with a sense of relief and it proves to be so. Roger Bamford and writer David Gilman provide us with plenty of plot and plenty of banter and this is entertaining and, largely, fun. There is a bit of plot-moving clunkiness but the good story raises the old moral dilemma of what should be done when justice isn’t delivered by the system. Unusually, the writer doesn’t treat it heavy-handedly and the director doesn’t make the climax unnecessarily gruesome. However, Cherie Lunghi’s warning (she plays sergeant-of-the-week) that Frost’s bull-in-a-china-shop attitude is going to catch up with him one day casts an interesting sense of doom over next week’s last ever Frost.

This Touch of Frost, A episode contains mild adult dialogue and gory and unpleasant scenes and corpse nudity.

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A Touch of Frost 8.01 Mind Games (2008, TV) – 5/10 review

David Jason: DI Frost
Writer (Characters’ Creator): R.D. Wingfield
Writer (Screenplay): Michael Russell
Producer: Martyn Auty
Director: Paul Harrison

Touch of Frost, A 8.01 Mind Games (2008)

Frost revisits an emotive case he worked on as a sergeant when the killer of two 14-year-old girls is released after twenty years in prison. His other case sees the bloody murder of a motivational psychologist but he can’t see the wood for the trees on either case.

5/10

While the cast is fine, David Jason and a strong enough story is once more undone by less-than-dynamic director Paul Harrison (Diamond Geezer and A Royal Affair), with whom Jason has worked with almost exclusively for several years now. A bit like Al Pacino making more than one film with talentless Jon Avnet (88 Minutes and Righteous Kill) you’ve got to wonder why. "Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me." Presumably there’s a sense of comfort for these elderly stars (Jason and Pacino are 68). Sadly, Paul Harrison’s clumsy half-hearted direction removes all guile and tension from the script and it is left to star David Jason to carry things. He does but there is a lack of the humour and humanity that A Touch of Frost has regularly employed to good effect.

This Touch of Frost, A episode contains mild swear word and very gory and unpleasant scenes, violence, inferred strong gun violence and non-sexual nudity, sensuality.

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A Touch of Frost 4.04 Fun Time for Swingers (1996, TV) – 6/10

David Jason: DI Frost
Writer (Characters’ Creator): R.D. Wingfield
Writer (Screenplay): Alma Cullen
Producer: Simon Lewis
Director: Adrian Shergold

Touch of Frost, A 4.04 Fun Time for Swingers (1996)

A woman removes all her clothes and leaps to her death from the top of a multi-storey car park. Of rather less importance to Frost but equal importance to Mullett is the break-in at Mullett’s cricket club.

6/10

It makes a nice change to see the always brilliant David Jason backed up by a good supporting cast led by an agreeably dour Scotsman. It is notable that the supporting cast contains virtually no young people at all. Though the episode could have done with a touch more pace in places, this means that this better-than-average entry from director Adrian Shergold is a quality mystery drama. Especially when Mullett finds a pile of stolen loot in his car.

This Touch of Frost, A episode contains adult dialogue and very gory and unpleasant scenes and nudity.

Classified 15 by BBFC. Suitable only for persons of 15 years and over.

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